Globalised rebellion: the Darfur insurgents and the world*
Published online by Cambridge University Press: 17 May 2013
This article is concerned with the rebellion in Darfur as a way to illustrate the politics of insurgency in the era of globalisation. We first show how the Darfur rebels have projected their struggle onto the world stage, before examining the effects that this has engendered. On the one hand, Darfur's global profile solidified the rebels' cause and co-opted international actors in support of it. This translated into real leverage for the rebels, and it constrained the Sudanese government by reducing its ability to use brute force. At the same time, internationalisation encouraged the Darfur rebels to make maximalist demands at the expense of articulating a broader political vision addressing the root causes of conflict. Moreover, the substitution of local legitimacy for international connections lowered the barriers of entry for new groups and thus promoted fragmentation. The combination of these effects makes for intractable conflict scenarios, the current situation in Darfur being a case in point.
- Research Article
- The Journal of Modern African Studies , Volume 51 , Issue 2 , June 2013 , pp. 193 - 217
- Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2013
The authors are grateful for the useful feedback provided by participants of a panel at the 2011 European Conference on African Studies in Uppsala, where an earlier draft of this article was presented. They also thank Øystein H. Rolandsen and Didier Péclard for their helpful comments. The views expressed here solely represent the personal opinions of the authors. Research for this article was completed in summer 2012 and it benefited from the support of the Doctoral Programme on ‘Global Change, Innovation and Sustainable Development’ associated with the NCCR North–South program of the Swiss National Science Foundation.
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